I Found Not One But Two Hidden Rooms In My House Today

Jessica Delfino
2 min readMay 27, 2021

I haven’t been so excited about something in a long time.

Two of the men working in our house. We have fun around here.

We bought a new house recently after a long, sad, delayed, complicated ordeal where our other house that we bought and loved so much got flooded. We spent this past week doing some home improvements.

To start, we had all the natural wood trim painted black, because that’s how we roll.

Then, we had the weird small walls taken out of the room downstairs where there was an ancient, icky old hot tub that has probably seen countless butts. The room is in the process of being fixed and opened up right now.

Next, we had the open foyer closed off (which honestly scared me with a young, curious, wild child in the house) to give us about 100 additional square feet on the landing upstairs.

Then, the real fun began.

I’d heard tell of extra space walled off above both bedrooms. So our contractor took a really clever, loud tool and cut holes in the drywall so that we could actually peek inside and see if the rumors were true.

After opening up one square of drywall, he said there was a whole hidden room up in there, probably about 15' x 15', with the high sloping roof as its ceiling. It was basically a hidden attic!

Upon chopping into the drywall above my bedroom, which was now easily accessible thanks to the platform we’d had built, we discovered an L shaped room that also had a sloping ceiling, large enough to be a small office.

I was very excited to hear that there was about 550 extra square feet kicking around behind the closed off walls of my house. As you can imagine, to actually have the rooms opened up and turned into useable space will be costly. My husband and I don’t have the skills to do the work that would be needed to make them livable ourselves. Sure, we could figure it out, but how long would it take us for that to happen? By the time our son is in college, maybe we could have it figured out.

I made a video of one of the rooms on TikTok on my channel, @JustSomeMom, and I’ll make another video of the second room tomorrow and post it. In the meantime, I’m accepting a) ideas of what to do with these two new rooms in our house and b) thoughts on how to relocate the ghosts that are certainly currently residing in there.

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Jessica Delfino

I write about life with 1 husband, 2 kids, 1 cat, sometimes funny. Instagram.com/JessicaDelfino Bylines: TheNew Yorker, The NY Times, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s.